Hatton House Diaries

One day, we decided to buy a 125 year old Victorian House in Des Moines, Iowa…….

Hashkiveinu – Hatton House Artist Tanya Keith April 14, 2013

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wpid-2013-04-14_15-00-42_22.jpgI loved the prayer “Hashkiveinu” since I learned it as a lullaby ten years ago when my daughter was born. I love it as a prayer of meditation of calming in a chaotic world. This painting seemed to fit. I’m enjoying painting in Hebrew, but I put the prayer text in English, for those of us who would struggle with that much Hebrew.

Acrylic on canvas, 30×30″ $250

 

Launch – Hatton House Studios Artist Tanya Keith with Aviva March 18, 2013

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LaunchIn the midst of my career as a shop keeper, I craved time with my daughter. When I asked what she wanted to do for Spring Break, she said she wanted to have an “art day.” So I booked time in my friends’ studio (before I got my own space at the Hatton House!) and off we went. We each created two pieces on our own, then collaborated on this piece. It was my first big break into abstract (and pallet knives, which I now love), and I don’t know if I would have gotten there without a shove from my daughter.

Acrylic on 54×61″ canvas, Not for Sale

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Launch progress

A progress shot, photo documentation that Aviva is slowly learning it’s OK to be messy as an artist, a lesson taught to me by Caren Raphael, a New York based artist who taught children’s art at my hometown Montclair Art Museum. I was her assistant my senior year in high school. One day, she said “Tanya, you’re a very neat artist.” I said “Thanks.” She said “It’s not a compliment.” We all have important lessons to learn, especially from our early mentors. I’m pretty sure she’d be proud of how far I’ve come, messiness and otherwise.